For first-time entrant Dan Anderson, winning Renovation of the Year is a highlight in a building career spanning 30 years.
Mr Anderson, who is director and full-time builder for his company, Dan Anderson Building Ltd, won the Supreme Award for the Registered Master Builders 2018 Nelson, Marlborough & West Coast Renovation of the Year.
Mr Anderson says he was really pleased with his win, considering the high calibre of entries in the category.
“There was tough competition in the renovations category, so to take out the Supreme Award was a really rewarding feeling,” he says.
“Considering this is the first time I’ve entered the awards, this is a fantastic result which I will take with me and build upon.”
Standing out from the competition was a key aspect for him, and it was his attention to detail, including extensive timber work, that really made the difference.
“This is an outstanding renovation that took place on a difficult site,” the judges said. “The builder needs to be congratulated on a job well done.”
The Kaiteriteri renovation transformed a simple bach into a beautifully crafted holiday home, they said.
“This extensive three-level holiday home has been completely renovated and extended.
“Large steel beams and posts were installed over the garage to carry the new large kitchen, dining and living rooms above. They also provided cantilevered support to the large new decking areas which now allow good indoor-outdoor flow.”
Mr Anderson says relocating the three-car garage to underneath the existing living space required extensive excavations, whilst the original dwelling was propped up.
“We had to work closely with the engineers to ensure our high standards were a priority,” he says.
“While it wasn’t too difficult a process, renovations need to be approached methodically as you work your way around the home, and ensure all the correct steps have been taken and completed to a high standard.”
Mr Anderson credits the Registered Master Builders Association for the opportunity to enter House of the Year and increase exposure for his company.
“Registered Master Builders offers a wide range of industry information and training which is really helpful for someone like me who is employed by himself,” he says.
“Winning the award gives me an edge in the industry, and raises the company profile among peers and future clients.”
House of the Year is made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build 10-year Guarantee, GIB, Nulook, CARTERS, Plumbing World, Resene and Bunnings Trade.